2018-10-15 training log

Not bad, not bad.

Worked up to a top set of 330×1. I’d say RPE… 8.5 or so. I reckon I could have either done another 1-2 reps, or a little more weight. But it’s up there.

Watching the video:

I saw a lean towards the right. It’s a long-standing thing due to compensating for my left knee issues. I struggle with it a bunch. Today, wasn’t on my mind — I was more thinking about being tight, especially in the upper body and torso (360º push into the belt); about (hip) DRIVING out of the hole; hitting depth; not rushing anything (take time to set up, unrack and take a moment to settle, step back and settle, just take your time – and strive to NOT lose tightness, tho since that will happen be sure to tighten back up after each phase), and just nailing the damn squat. I did alright.

Biggest thing is that I feel my confidence is returning. I opted to change my squat approach because I was having confidence issues, cutting depth, etc.. I’m not cutting depth; in fact, often going deeper. I think this is working out well for me because it’s not highly fatiguing (esp. to my knees), I get more warm-up/work-up, which translates into a little more opportunity to get technique dialed in before doing heavier sets, and then some heavier singles because that’s where I need the confidence return.

Yeah, things kinda messed with my head a bit because I’m hitting that tipping point, but nailing it well today was confirmation I need to just keep going. 🙂

Pause squats I think are a big help here: gotta be tight, gotta hit depth, gotta hold.

Leg presses I think are also helping since I’m taking a stance closer to my squat. Plus, I try to make every rep deeper than the prior one – get a stretch, going rather deep. I also think this is helping.

6th cycle, fixing my squat; modeled after Strong-15

  • Squat (superset with band pullaparts)
    • bar x 10
    • 135 x 8
    • 175 x 5
    • 205 x 4
    • 240 x 3
    • 265 x 2
    • 315 x 1
    • 320 x 1
    • 330 x 1
  • Pause Squats
    • 265 x 3
  • Leg Press (feet high and wide)
    • 90 x 10
    • 270 x 15
    • 360 x 15
    • 450 x 8
  • Stationary Bike
    • 10 min.

Sunday Metal – Primal Fear

I admit to not being too familiar with Primal Fear, but a co-worker mentioned them to me and they’re pretty cool.

This is “The Ritual”

2018-10-12 training log

Today was fine for what it was to be.

Pressing went OK.

Accessory lifts need to change. I’m tired of the bent-over lat raises. Main reason? Since I had to cut back on what I did due to my elbow issues, I feel I need to change up exercises that get me more bang for my buck. It’s the reason compounds tend to be favored over isolation movements – isolation have their place, but all things considered right now? I think I’ll get more out of Face Pulls and generally serve the same purpose.

BB Rows too – they’re stressing my elbow a bit. Not in a bad way, just in a way that I don’t think is necessarily helping with healing. So, I’m thinking about changing to cable rows and playing around with different attachments to provide different grips (e.g. might use a neutral grip) and see how that affects things.

Anyways, stuff for later.

Right now, I just need to manage myself well so I can have a productive 1+ heavy week next week.

5/3/1 (6th cycle, anchor, 3+/5/1+, Joker Sets)

  • Press
    • bar x 10
    • 80 x 5
    • 100 x 5
    • 120 x 3
    • 130 x 5
    • 150 x 5
    • 170 x 5
    • 135 x 10
    • 135 x 10
    • 135 x 6
  • Face Pulls (superset with press warm-up sets)
    • 60 x 15
    • 60 x 15
    • 60 x 15
    • 60 x 15
  • Barbell Rows (superset with press work sets)
    • 185 x 9
    • 185 x 9
    • 185 x 9
  • Wide-grip Pulldowns
    • 105 x 10
    • 145 x 12
    • 145 x 12
    • 145 x 9
  • Stationary Bike
    • 10 min

2018-10-11 training log

Everything felt heavy, despite it being a light week.

Need more carbs, more sleep; especially since next week is the heavy 1+ week.

Deadlifting was OK tho. RDLs feel like a good choice – I finally feel like I’m getting something out of them.

Skipped reverse hypers because fatigue, not from the session, but overall. I’d rather try to continue to let this be a semi-recovery week heading into next week.

5/3/1 (6th cycle, anchor, 3+/5/1+, Jokers)

  • Deadlift (superset with band pullaparts)
    • 190 x 5
    • 240 x 5
    • 285 x 3
    • 315 x 5
    • 355 x 5
    • 405 x 5
  • RDLs
    • 295 x 8
    • 295 x 8
    • 295 x 6
  • Stationary Bike
    • 10 min

2018-10-09 training log

Today was a -10% day.

Slept like shit. Very miserable. Everything felt heavy. Decided to make it a “jack shit” day. Just did my main lift and went home.

Yes, I’m trying to figure out my sleep problems. I know it’s mostly driven by the unrelenting project at the day job, of which there’s no end in sight. It’s not a bad project, it’s just unrelenting and seeps into everything.

But hey, it’s a light 5 week anyways, with no PRs or anything. So the off is fine.

5/3/1 (6th cycle, anchor, 3+/5/1+PR, Joker)

  • Bench Press
    • bar x 10
    • 110 x 5
    • 140 x 5
    • 170 x 3
    • 180 x 5
    • 210 x 5
    • 240 x 5

2018-10-08 training log

Today was OK.

I’m exhausted. Day job project continues to wear me out. It’s having an effect. Weights felt heavy all day. I’m struggling to find a soluton to the problem… just when things are so unrelenting, it’s challenging.

Still, it was generally a good day. I continue to be happy about depth. So now it’s about keeping that upper back and torso tight. Was a little better today, but still much room to improve. Of course, focus on one thing often leads to forgetting other things – like breaking first at the hips, pushing back, then hip drive out of the hole. I did start to remember that on the pause squats tho… sigh.

Leg press. This is interesting because in the past leg press did something but not much for me. But now, feet higher and wider on the platform, higher reps (up to 15 per set), pyramid up in weight, and man… I am feeling it. I hope this will pay off.

Anyways, generally alright day. This week is mostly a 5’s light week for everything else, but as I’m doing squats along strong-15, I just kept that going and didn’t switch it up. Rest of the week I hope will be good for recovery.

6th cycle, fixing my squat; modeled after Strong-15

  • Squat (superset with band pullaparts)
    • bar x 10
    • 135 x 8
    • 175 x 5
    • 205 x 4
    • 240 x 3
    • 265 x 2
    • 285 x 1
    • 315 x 1
    • 320 x 1
  • Pause Squats
    • 250 x 5
  • Leg Press (feet high and wide)
    • 90 x 10
    • 270 x 15
    • 360 x 15
    • 450 x 12
  • Stationary Bike
    • 10 min

Sunday Metal – Power Trip

Power Trip – “Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe)”

Reminds me a bit of Nasty Savage. Hell of a groove.

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOWf8uqGf8A]

2018-10-05 training log

Every day can’t be a +10% day – but 80% days are ultimately what it’s about.

It was great hitting PRs this week, but I knew today wouldn’t be one. The 2nd Joker set would have been 200#, which I did last week in a fresh state, so I knew 200 in a fatigued state was likely not going to happen.

Work up was ok. Top set was a mess, with my bar path all over the place. I’ve lost something with full body tightness and keeping in a good groove. Something to work on. Then the 1 Joker set was a grinder. Got it, but not ideally what I’d want. Still, there it was.

One cool thing tho was the down set work @ 135. I remember being excited when I finally hit 135 on press. Now it’s just a simple working weight. Progress is fun.

Anyways, decent week overall. Next week is a 5’s week with no rep PRs nor Jokers – meant to be a light week for some recoup. Looking forward to it.

5/3/1 (6th cycle, anchor, 3+/5/1+, Joker Sets)

  • Press
    • bar x 10
    • 80 x 5
    • 100 x 5
    • 120 x 3
    • 140 x 3
    • 160 x 3
    • 180 x 5
    • 190 x 1
    • 135 x 10
    • 135 x 10
    • 135 x 6
  • Bent-over Lateral Raises (superset with press warm-up sets)
    • 25e x 13
    • 25e x 13
    • 25e x 13
    • 25e x 13
  • Barbell Rows (superset with press work sets)
    • 185 x 9
    • 185 x 8
    • 185 x 8
  • Wide-grip Pulldowns
    • 105 x 10
    • 145 x 12
    • 145 x 12
    • 145 x 8
  • Stationary Bike
    • 10 min

2018-10-04 training log

Pretty sweet day.

It’s 3’s week, plus 2 Joker sets. I was aiming for a rep PR on the top work set. I met the same PR from a few weeks ago, and I could have pressed further but saw no point — I wanted the Joker sets.

The 450 was fine. The 470 was sweet.

Again, my true 1RM, last I checked, was 465. So hitting 470 in a fatigued state is pretty damn nice. Moved off the floor fairly well too. So could 500 be in me? If not right now, soon.

RDLs I think are working out nicely. Happy to have chosen them; will stick with for a while to see what they give me.

Actually I know what they give me. They, along with the reverse hypers are totally killing my lower back and glutes. LOL. It sucks so much. But it’s precisely what I’m wanting right now.

All in all, decent day.

5/3/1 (6th cycle, anchor, 3+/5/1+, Jokers)

  • Deadlift (superset with band pullaparts)
    • 190 x 5
    • 240 x 5
    • 285 x 3
    • 335 x 3
    • 380 x 3
    • 430 x 7
    • 450 x 1
    • 470 x 1 (PR)
  • RDLs
    • 285 x 8
    • 285 x 8
    • 285 x 8
  • 1-Leg Reverse Hypers
    • 135 x 20e
    • 135 x 20e
    • 135 x 20e
  • Stationary Bike
    • 10 min

2018-10-02 training log

Didn’t get the PR I wanted, but did get an even better PR.

This week starts a new cycle, based around 3+/5/1+ (5/3/1 for Powerlifting) with Joker sets.

Work-up was to 250. I got 7 reps a few weeks ago on 3 week, so I was gunning for 8. Didn’t happen. The set was crap. Very unhappy with how it went. But then it was Joker time.

Before the session I planned to at least do 1 set of 1, and maybe a second set of 1 if things felt good. I do like doing at least 2 Joker sets on 3’s week, but I wasn’t sure. First, how did I feel. Second, the math for this put it at 280 for that 2nd Joker set. You see, 275×1 is the best I’ve ever benched – ever. So to try to bench 280 for a single after all that work? I wasn’t sure. Now, last week I did 275×3 and had a few left in the tank – so 280 itself shouldn’t be an issue. But after all that work, the shitty 250 set, I just wan’t sure.

But I opted to go for it. Because what’s the worst that can happen? And if I get it, that would kick ass – not just simply the great PR it would be, but under the circumstances too.

So I went for it. Got it. Went easy!

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Bench Press with awesome PR. Top set 280×1. . Bar x 10, 110×5, 140×5, 170×3, 195×3, 225×3, 250×7, 265×1, 280×1, 165×10, 165×10, 165×10. . Superset some rear delt flies, DB rows. Some narrow grip pulldowns. 10 minutes stationary bike. . Top work set was 250×7. It was crap. Planned to do one Joker set of 265×1, which went ok. Figured why not go for another since I like doing 2 Joker sets on 3’s week. I knew I was good for it if fresh, but I was worn, sleep has been poor, 250 set sucked, confidence so-so, especially since 280 is THE MOST WEIGHT I’VE EVER BENCH PRESSED! Oh well; nothing ventured nothing gained. You can see it went up easily. Thanx to @nicjoslyn for the spot. Yes, I’m sure I want to stop at 1. 😅 . . . #gym #benchpress #pr #ignitefitnez #liftlocal #wendler531 #531

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In fact, my spotter was surprised I only went for 1 (you can hear it at the end of the video).

Yeah… I have 300 in me. I’ll get there eventually tho. No rush.

What I really enjoy about this is doing things I’ve never done before. Pushing myself beyond my limits. Building greater confidence in my abilities, and my ability to READ my capabilities and limits. It’s pretty cool.

And this increases my confidence for the rest of the week. Can’t wait to see what deadlift and press sessions will bring!

5/3/1 (6th cycle, anchor, 3+/5/1+PR, Joker)

  • Bench Press
    • bar x 10
    • 110 x 5
    • 140 x 5
    • 170 x 3
    • 195 x 3
    • 225 x 3
    • 250 x 7
    • 265 x 1 (Joker)
    • 280 x 1 (Lifetime PR)
    • 165 x 10
    • 165 x 10
    • 165 x 10
  • Bent-over Lateral Raises (superset with bench warm-up sets)
    • 25e x 13
    • 25e x 13
    • 25e x 13
    • 25e x 13
  • DB Rows (superset with bench work sets)
    • 100 x 12e
    • 100 x 12e
    • 100 x 12e
  • Narrow-Grip Pulldowns
    • 90 x 10
    • 120 x 12
    • 120 x 12
    • 120 x 12
  • Stationary Bike
    • 10 min